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The following are news articles of interest to our International customers, listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent. Enjoy!

Philip Wright highlights tine choice issues to a visitor

Farmers waiting to cultivate and drill in the spring should be patient and not rush into the field, suggests Philip Wright, from Wright Resolutions, who presented the Soil Structure Clinic at LAMMA.

But they should put the ‘waiting time’ to good use and find out a bit more about the state of their farm’s drainage:

“Many visitors started talking about which tines they should be using and what disc angles to use for spring work, but actually they need to go back a step.

Trio Clock Up 20 Years Service

Great Plains’ Sleaford factory is benefitting from the presence of a large number of long-serving staff, believes Managing Director Colin Adams.

Three of the longest serving workers at the Sleaford factory have been presented with watches to mark their 20 years’ service to the company.

Auto-Reset is creating great interest in the DTX

Two of the company’s newest models made their UK debut at LAMMA on 16th January – these being the DTX with auto-reset of the deeper working legs fitted, and the SLD 300, which – with the SLD 350 – forms the bottom end of the SLD range.

Fitting auto-reset to protect the legs of the DTX is already proving its value, with one early Scottish customer using the machine to restore land that had become badly damaged during potato harvest.

Establishing Trial Plots in France last Autumn

With such interest currently being shown in innovative techniques for oilseed rape establishment, Great Plains will also be presenting the observations and results of a series of trials in which it has been involved over recent years – both in the UK and across Europe.

These efforts are continuing, with a wide range of trial plots being established this last autumn with four different commercial partners in the UK, and with a range of other companies and research organisations in a number of key export markets across the continent.

PFG staged a spectacular launch for the Centurion

Distributor Power Farming Group (PFG) introduced the first Great Plains Centurion to an invited audience of some 100 New Zealand dealers and farmers at a special invitation in December.

Centre of attention were the Centurion and the SLD460, and both impressed the audience, says Ryan Haffner, Exports Director for the Southern Hemisphere:

The Centurion working last Autumn

The first two Centurion drills to be sold in France will go to work this year, reports Pierre-Arnaud Noiret, Territory Manager France, who expects current interest in the marketplace to produce more orders soon:

“The first couple have gone to farmers in the Saone-et-Loire department, one of whom is an individual running a 500ha arable farm and the other to a group of three farmers who run their farms together in a 700ha enterprise.

Josef Schutler

Staff and customers of Schlieper Agriservice, our dealer covering an area of Eastern Germany, got a full briefing on Great Plains, its current model ranges and trial work when they visited the Sleaford factory.

Schlieper, based at Sonnewalde, some 50 miles South of Berlin, is a major John Deere dealer, and serves a region in which soils vary widely.

Josef Schlüter, Machinery Sales Manager, sees great potential for Great Plains in the region:

The V-Roller in Field Tests

Great Plains is adding three new style rollers to the range of consolidation tools it offers with its mounted Simba X-Press and TL cultivators.

The company will introduce the rollers behind its DTX model soon, and is developing versions for use behind its range of trailed models.

The new rollers mean the company now offers a complete range of consolidation and seed-bed finishing actions, while also reducing the weight and price of the machines.

Colin Adams

Great Plains’ is poised to make significant progress in 2013, with the whole Sleaford factory now fully operational and growing demand for its products, both in the UK and across an increasing range of European markets.

Reviewing the year, Colin Adams, Managing Director, says: “2012 saw the return of full manufacturing to Sleaford – a move that increased employment at the site from 96 to 114 over the course of the year – and the further development of our European presence.

Philip Wright

Great Plains will be offering a range of advice to LAMMA show visitors who might be contemplating spring field work and drilling for the first time in some years.

This new service is being offered in response to enquiries from many customers who have failed to get drilled up as planned due to the wet conditions in the autumn.

Agritechnica 2011 showcased two great brands, Great Plains Manufacturing and Simba International, and demonstrated how together we're even stronger. Great Plains is the United States' largest privately owned tillage and seeding company while Simba was the UK's leading cultivation equipment manufacturer in 2010.

Key among the international product offering was the Centurion cultivator drill – the first joint project between the European and American engineering teams – which was launched at the UK's Cereals event this summer, and made its European mainland debut at Agritechnica.


Striving to meet the needs of farmers across the globe, Great Plains International is designing, developing and testing innovative equipment that is capable of 3 meter transport and has CE certification.